I’ve been open in recent years about the fact that I have depression and I am always interested in how it is perceived, portrayed and dealt with.
I was reading an article in the weekend papers on the very popular Hillsong pentecostal churches in Sydney. They are seen to have sufficient clout that in recent times they have had visits and speeches from the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the previous Premier of New South Wales. Whilst I didn’t find the article overly interesting, there was a mention about the Church’s attitude to depression which I found hard to believe, so I checked out their website.
On the website, under the section headed “Other Teaching”, there is an article called “You Can Be Depression-Free”. If I wasn’t depressed before, I sure am after reading this -
The bottom line is: depression is a supernatural spirit of destruction straight from the devil, and as such, needs to be treated like an enemy. We must take a strong stand against it and deny it any power in our lives.
Depression stems from an underlying root of unbelief in God’s care, His goodness, His faithfulness, or even His ability to get you out of seemingly “impossible” situations.
And I thought Scientology’s views about depression were bad!
I wonder if Hillsong’s various counselling services receive any government funding.
In what I am sure is a total coincidence, the page I linked to on the Hillsong website on Sunday morning no longer exists by Monday afternoon. However, due to the magic of Google caching, you can see the cached version of the original page by clicking here